How is assessment shackling schools?

April 6, 2013

Another one that I can’t really avoid reblogging.

Joe Kirby's blog


Assessment is used less as a tool for improvement than as a manacle for accountability, straitjacketing teaching and shackling learning.



‘Everybody has won, and all must have prizes’

Lewis Caroll

They began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. When they had been running for half an hour or so, the Dodo called out ‘The race is over!’ and they all crowded round, panting and asking, ‘But who has won?’

This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought, and sat for a long time with one finger pressed against his forehead, while the rest waited.

At last the Dodo announced: ‘Everybody has won, and all must have prizes.’

When I was doing my GCSEs, I was always a bit puzzled as to why we never got…

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